If you’re a property owner with a pool, spa, fountain, or concrete foundation, you’ve probably seen a few cracks in the surface here and there. But not all cracks are created equal! Some are totally harmless and some are a big deal. In this article, “Structural Crack or Not”, we’re going to show you how to tell the difference between structural and non-structural cracks, and we’ll give you a solution for fixing the bad ones.

How to Tell the Difference Between Structural and Non-Structural Cracks

You might think that all cracks look the same, but they don’t! Spider cracks, also known as non-structural cracks, are typically shallow and don’t go very deep.  To tell if a crack is structural or not, you need to do a little experiment.

First, get the area nice and wet with some water (not totally soaked, just wet). Then, let it dry out in the sun for a bit.

After that, take a good look at the crack. If it’s holding onto moisture, then it’s a structural crack and you need to take care of it.

If not, then it’s just a regular old crack and you don’t have to worry about it too much. But, make sure to mark the spot with some chalk or a marker so you remember where it is for later.

Want to see this simple test in action, check out this video.

Structural Crack Repair with the Torque Lock Staple

If you’ve identified a structural crack, don’t panic! Torque Lock Staples are an easy and effective way to repair structural cracks.

Using its patented Cam Lock™ technique, Torque Lock Staples stabilize cracking by compressing the area with an astounding 5,000 lbs. of torque. And the best part? You don’t need to be a professional contractor to install them!

Simply follow the instructions provided on our website, and you’ll be able to repair structural cracks with ease. We recommend hiring someone familiar with concrete and structural repair to do the job if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself. But rest assured, complete video instruction is available, and the process is straightforward.

Torque Lock Staples work on all kinds of surfaces, including plaster, Marcite, tile, exposed aggregate finishes, Chattahoochee, cool deck, and more.

Ready to order your Torque Lock Staples today? Or need more information? Contact us now!